Interreligious Dialogue Path to Peace – CAR Cardinal
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Interreligious Dialogue Path to Peace – CAR Cardinal

“Interreligious dialogue is an indispensable path to peace building in the world today and deserves to be considered an absolute necessity and the deepest aspiration of the human race,” Cardinal Nzapalainga said. In his lecture titled, “Interreligious Dialogue at the Service of Peace for a New Humanism”, the Cardinal added that with the health crisis…

40 Million Africans Have Fallen into Extreme Poverty – African Bishops
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40 Million Africans Have Fallen into Extreme Poverty – African Bishops

Today’s SECAM statement is signed by Bishop Sithembele Sipuka of Mthatha, the first vice president of SECAM and the commission chair. Debt relief and COVID-19 and climate change aid for African countries are at the core of what the conference is calling for. The statement notes 40 million Africans have fallen into extreme poverty during…

Oil Palm (Elaeis Guineensis) – A History Painted in Shades of Gold
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Oil Palm (Elaeis Guineensis) – A History Painted in Shades of Gold

For thousands of years, the oil palm – indigenous to West Africa – has had an intimate relationship with people. An explosive expansion of oil palm groves throughout western and central Africa in the wake of a dry period around 2,500 years ago enabled human migration and agricultural development; in turn, humans facilitated oil palm propagation through…

Reviewing Colonial History through the Prism of Art
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Reviewing Colonial History through the Prism of Art

A leading Nigerian artist tells writer Molara Wood why his new installation at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral is important, as the world-famous building re-evaluates its memorials to historical figures including the admiral who led the campaign that resulted in the looting of the Kingdom of Benin. Source: bbc.com Continue reading

North Africa: Synodal Journey under the Sign of Charles de Foucauld
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North Africa: Synodal Journey under the Sign of Charles de Foucauld

Algiers – “For our Church in North Africa, the forthcoming canonization of Charles de Foucauld is an opportunity to rejoice and further deepen his insights”. So write the members of the Bishops’ Conference of the North African Region (CERNA), who met in Algiers from February 12 to 15 for their annual assembly. In the final…

Evangelization Must Flow from Prayer – Bd Cyprian Tansi
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Evangelization Must Flow from Prayer – Bd Cyprian Tansi

He had a keen sense of the newness of the Christian condition. It was motivated by the attraction of the Catholic faith, liturgy, and patrimony. It was also informed by awareness of what a world without Christ can look like. In 1929, when Fr Cyprian was newly ordained, working in Onitsha, a smallpox epidemic broke out in…

Synodal Process: An African Perspective
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Synodal Process: An African Perspective

Pope Francis is inviting the Church to rediscover its synodal nature of journeying together. During the diocesan synodal phase, Bishops initiate the consultation process of listening to the People of God so as to promote deeper communion and fuller participation in fulfilling the Church’s mission. To enrich our “journeying together” as the pilgrim and missionary…

Child Abuse in an African Context
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Child Abuse in an African Context

Beatrice Mumbi, the JCAM Safeguarding Coordinator, told ACI Africa that child abuse in Africa manifests itself in some forms of punishment meted against children. “Africa has always had a harsh way of raising children and the older people rarely distinguish it from child abuse. In many African countries, abuse of children is taken as discipline,”…

Peaceful Coexistence: Aachen Peace Prize for Women’s Interfaith Council in Kaduna, Nigeria
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Peaceful Coexistence: Aachen Peace Prize for Women’s Interfaith Council in Kaduna, Nigeria

“We were so happy, we are still happy and will continue to be happy,” exclaimed Daharatu Ahmed Aliyu. “And now we are international superstars!” Elizabeth Majinya Abuk added, laughing. The two women arrived in Germany from Nigeria two days before they will receive the Aachen Peace Prize on behalf of their organization, the Women’s Interfaith Council (WIC)….

Book Launch: Future of African Theology
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Book Launch: Future of African Theology

The new book, Fr. Opongo said, “investigates the role of the Church in contemporary society, pastoral challenges, and propositions on how the Church could respond to them.” “The book is therefore an African Theology reader, introducing both Africans and international scholars to the diverse perspectives of African theology,” the Jesuit Priest said during the September…

Vaccine Rollout in Africa: Global Inequality Visualised
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Vaccine Rollout in Africa: Global Inequality Visualised

There has been a lot of focus on COVID-19 vaccine inequalities between high-income and low- and middle-income countries. For instance, it is estimated that up to 70% of all vaccines to be produced in 2021 were pre-booked by a handful of countries. This has caused severe bottlenecks in vaccine supply to low- and middle-income countries, leading to…